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  • Americans Hate Tingle: This show has quite a few vocal detractors in the United States, especially since Canadian cartoons in general tend to do poorly in the USA anyway. The fact that it was Adored by the Network (despite getting terrible ratings) has been major fuel for it.
  • Anvilicious: Morals are dropped hard:
    • The worst offender is "Johnny Applesauce", with its "petitioning is better than violence" Assed Aesop despite the show itself being action-packed.
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    • "Green Johnny" comes off less like an episode and more like an 11-minute PSA about recycling and going green.
    • "Good Ol' Johnny Test" starts off as a parody of A Charlie Brown Christmas, but becomes quite anvilicious once the play turns into a big Green Aesop about waste management.
  • Ass Pull: One of the more frequent complaints is about the constant out of nowhere plot developments. "Johnny's 100th Episode" is a particular standout as Mr. Mittens and Dark Vegan's reasons for wanting Johnny to come out of his coma come completely out of nowhere.
  • Awesome Music: Dukey's Johnny Applesauce Song is a catchy folk song.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Believe it or not, Johnny himself. Some people see him as a Butt-Monkey and/or even somewhat of a woobie due to his horrid father and slightly crapsack life, while others hate him since he can be very whiny or despicable on occasion. Bling Bling Boy also has a following due to his meme status.
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  • Bile Fascination: Some people watch it because of how shoddy it is.
  • Broken Base: Similar to The Fairly OddParents, many people argue when the show went downhill. Exactly when did the series started going downhill? Was it early at Seasons 2-3, later at Seasons 4-6, or just at Seasons 5-6?
    • On one hand season 2 makes sense since the animation took a massive dip, and the music changed to just the same repetitive cues, and the writing and pacing felt a bit different.
    • Season 3 also makes sense since the animation became that of mostly rigging (but still alright) Warner Bros leaving production leaving Cookie Jar in charge, and the faster pacing than season 2, oh and the whipcracks starting.
    • Season 4, because the animation took another dip with less expressive and cartoony stuff, and flanderization started.
    • Season 5 & 6 also cause around this time, the series had been getting quite overaired, leading to many viewers' annoyance, not to mention this is when the aftermentioned whipcracks started to become more rampit, with it playing basically every single time someone moved a bodypart (mostly arms and hands), and it also reusing a-lot of plots from previous episodes or just having pretty ridiculous plots in general.
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  • Cliché Storm: This show is criticized for rehashing a lot of stock cartoon plots, including its own.
  • Condemned by History: Believe it or not, the show was actually fairly popular during its first few years – having a higher budget and completely different production team, not to mention Kids' WB! having a hand in its production (alongside the Canadian network Teletoon), probably helped. When Teletoon and Cookie Jar Entertainment took on the sole responsibility of production after Kids WB died out in 2008 (Warner Bros. still owns copyright and trademarks), the show's quality began to drop severely and many members of the notorious online "cartoon community" helped fuel hatred of the show. Not helping was the fact that it continued production well into 2014, mainly because of CanCon policies requiring all Canadian television stations to have a certain amount of natively produced content, which allowed the producers to continue the show (due to how cheap it was to make compared to other series) in spite of its abysmal ratings, as well as the show's oversatuation on both Teletoon and Cartoon Network. The series ended with little fanfare after TV producer David Straiton filed a lawsuit against series creator Scott Fellows (who at that point had zero involvement with the show) for not crediting him as a co-creator. While not as universally reviled today, it remains deeply unpopular with a majority of animation fans overall.
  • Critical Backlash: While the show still maintains a very large hate fanbase, it's slowly starting to fall under this trope as well. While it isn't a bad show, people who watched it after hearing about the immense amount of hate it gets tend to have this reaction. Some episodes are enjoyable, but the show itself just had the unfortunate timing of being a flawed-but-decent cartoon that became Adored by the Network while Cartoon Network was starting to undo its years of Network Decay.
  • Critic-Proof: The show's detractors will tell you that it's one of the worst cartoons ever made; the show itself ran for six seasons, with two more on the way.
  • Designated Hero: One of the main flaws of the show, especially for the fans themselves, is that it's nearly impossible to root for any of the main characters at times given how shallow and unlikable they are.
    • The title character can be a Jerkass from time to time, although it's mitigated by the fact that the rest of the cast isn't any better to him, either. While he does partake in his sisters' inventions for the sole reason of getting something from them, remember that not only do said sisters often experiment on him against his will but they also start a "coupon" system where Johnny has to partake in their dangerous tests if he wants any help from them, making them just as guilty of this. He's also frequently punished for his Jerkass behavior while other characters have gotten away with theirs at some points. Johnny's Designated Hero status seems like less of a case of him being a Jerkass and more of a case of the show focusing on one out of many characters in a Crapsack World.
    • Dukey, despite being the more level-headed one, isn't exempt from this either. While he does point out when Johnny is about to do something stupid and/or irresponsible, he's perfectly willing to join in with his friend's antics (And, if not, he's easily bribed with meat). One episode even had Dukey blatantly distracting Johnny from getting his schoolwork done causing Johnny to have to do extra credit (so he wouldn't have to go to summer school). Another infamous episode featured Dukey acting like a Jerkass dog (Including chewing up the sisters' belts and eating their food) causing said sisters' to invent an obedience collar for him to get him under control (albeit using him as a servant). In the end, it's Susan and Mary who end up being punished and Dukey and Johnny mock them for it. Again, Dukey is portrayed as a Karma Houdini here. Not once is Dukey called out or punished for essentially putting Johnny in that situation in the first place (It's also Out of Character for Dukey since he's often the more responsible one of the two).
    • Susan and Mary are as likely as Johnny to put themselves, their family, and the world in danger with their inventions, and usually Johnny is the one who ends up fixing it.
  • Designated Villain: The hotel manager from "Johnny Test in 3-D". We're supposed to see him as a villain due to him repeatedly wanting to expose Dukey to Hugh and Lila, but considering that the hotel has a strict "no dogs" policy, it's not hard to side with him.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Bling-Bling Boy has this kind of following, mostly from having to put up with Johnny.
  • Eight Deadly Words: With so many annoying or straight-up unlikable characters doing morally questionable things, it can be rather hard to care about what happens to any of them.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Sissy is popular with the fans (especially shippers).
    • Mr. Black and Mr. White are considered the best characters in the show by some fans due to their fun dynamic.
  • Escapist Character: Johnny's clearly meant to be this for the show's target audience; "Got a head of fiery hair, and a turbo-charged backpack" indeed. It... doesn't really work.
  • Evil Is Sexy: C'mon admit it, while they may be cute at least, you thought this when Susan and Mary transformed themselves into vampires. This applies a bit to their their faux supervillain personas as well
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Most of the fandom considers it a "Season 1 only" show.
  • First Installment Wins: Despite the fact that its generally considered average, the first season is still held up in much higher regard than the rest of the series.
  • Foe Yay: Bumper does this with Johnny a lot, whether or not Johnny is crossdressing; one such example was in "Who's Johnny?" where Johnny tries to change his personality in one of his sisters' machines and, when he's stuck a smooth-talking British personality, Bumper implies to like this version of him a lot.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: See here.
  • Iron Woobie: Dukey is pretty much this, still having his cheerful, lovable sense of humor despite being a Butt-Monkey.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: Some fans are annoyed at the lack of character development in later seasons.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Susan may be a bit of a bitch, but she has a lot to put up with, what with Bling-Bling constantly trying to date her.
    • If you think about it, Johnny is a huge one. His father is an abusive, strict Jerkass who often shows Parental Favoritism towards his sisters and often punishes Johnny with his sisters for things he had little to no part in, he's frequently bullied and harassed at school, his mother is never around because of work, his sisters rudely demand him to test things for them but get angry whenever he asks for something. Johnny's Jerkass behavior could seem like a strong case of The Dog Bites Back when you look at things from his perspective.
    • From the Smarty Pants' point of view, Johnny is a Bastard Boyfriend who only uses them to impress another girl.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Whipcrack and guitar riff, because of how the show abuses these two sound effects every chance it gets. In this compilation of whipcracks (190 in one episode), half of the comment section is people joking that the whipcracks are actually recordings of the animators being forced to work on the show.
    • Johnny Testing my FUCKING PATIENCE!
    • It's also one fourth of Bee Shrek Test in the House.
    • "I blew up Malaysia." Explaination 
  • Misblamed:
    • A meta-example. People sometimes use this show to prove that all Canadian animation is terrible. What many people don't know is that creator Scott Fellows and James Arnold Taylor (Johnny's voice actor), along with many of the show's writers, are Americans. Furthermore, American networks were all heavily involved in co-producing the series alongside Teletoon, with Kids' WB! working on the early seasons and Cartoon Network working on the later ones, meaning the show isn't even entirely Canadian.
    • Many detractors point their hatred for the show as being a copycat because it's too similar to Dexter's Laboratory. While that was a point of contention when it originally premiered, a good number of viewers were willing to look past it, as it was different enough not to be a carbon copy, and even welcomed it due to said similarities since Dexter had long since stopped airing. The true reason why it was hated was because Cartoon Network and Teletoon went overboard on broadcasting it, especially when it was used as a replacement for DC Nation in the U.S (which also suffered from CN's wonky programming schedule, and would ironically premiere the next overplayed series, Teen Titans Go!). By this point, viewers had gotten sick of the constant airings and detractors started listing any faults they could find to make it look like it was one of the worst cartoons ever.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • She-Johnny appeared for about a second in the very first episode, but that was enough to grant an awful lot of fanart; in fact, look it up on DeviantArt or a related site.
    • Vampire Susan and Mary, especially among the anti-Twilight fans. The gothic dresses they wear, and their creepy, yet charming dialogue helps.
    • Joni West seems to be this, in fact she was so loved that she returned in The Lost Web Series.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: The first season had a completely different production team from the rest of the series, and while considered average, it's still held in higher regard than the rest of the series.
  • Periphery Demographic: Due to Dukey and, well, furries.
  • The Scrappy: Hugh isn't liked for being such an authoritarian to his family; even the writers don't seem to like him a lot.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 1 is pretty decent, and potential it showed, but things went a little bit downhill in Seasons 2 and 3, though not too bad and still had Scott mostly involved, and the comedy was mostly the same, then Season 4 saw a bigger dip in quality, with the pacing becoming way too fast and much more nosier, which was taken up to another level in seasons 5 and 6, when the infamous whip-crack sound started playing when a character moved one of their body parts..
  • Shallow Parody: Quite a few, considering how little originality the show has.
    • One notable example is "The Hungry Games", which is yet another racing episode, so the government-orchestrated fight between minors has been downgraded to... a race for a pizza. Not just any pizza, but the last pizza in town. And the episode ends with Johnny giving a preachy lecture about sharing.
    • "Johnny Re-Animated" has Dawg & Bone, a parody of Johnny Test itself.
  • So Okay, It's Average:
    • A common opinion to those who don't vocally hate it. It's not a bad show, but there's nothing all that special about it either.
    • The first season. While its decent and definitely shows some potential, it's still nothing to write home about.
  • Squick:
    • Johnny and Sissy look like siblings. Aside from that most likely unintentional instance, there's the writers' apparent fondness for Screw Yourself and everything related to it.
    • The scene after the beginning minutes of "Johnnyitis" in which Johnny, desperate to become sick in order to have an excuse to miss a big history test, eats a sick woman's used tissue. Said woman also had snot draining from her nose.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The show's second theme song to Green Day's "American Idiot".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Season 2 is this, but that's mostly due to some fans being put off by the shift in animation after Season 1.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: The show shares more than a few similarities to Dexter's Laboratory, granted folks noticed this right from the off way back in season one and, as mention in Misblamed, did think the show was copying but cited it different enough. Still the more hardcore detractors see it as a fault for the following:
    • Susan and Mary Test are obviously the Dexters of the show, being redheaded genius children with a laboratory in their house.
    • Johnny is like Dee Dee, since both of them are Dumb Blonde annoyances who constantly cause trouble for their genius siblings.
    • Their parents are kind of like if one took Dexter's mom and dad and swapped their personalities, and then Flanderized them: Johnny's Dad is a major neat-freak, while Dexter's Mom had her moments of this; Johnny's Mom is the head of the house and always working, while Dexter's Dad was just the head of the household.
    • Also, a female in the main cast is bothered by an Abhorrent Admirer, who is another nerdy genius child with their own laboratory; Bling-Bling Boy is the Mandark of the show.
    • Dukey can also be compared to Monkey, both being animals who have gained unusual abilities because of the genius children, Dukey's being talking while Monkey becomes a superhero.
    • Let's not forget that there was also an episode of Dexter's Lab called "Dexter's Lab", in which Dexter finds a lost dog that he teaches to speak English.
    • Not helping the show's case, the concept for Johnny Test was supposedly created in 1995. In other words, shortly after the first episode of Dexter's Laboratory aired in February 1995.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: One criticism is that a majority of the episode are Johnny focused and his antics that affect others. But rarely give the spotlight to any of the other characters outside him. Yeah there are subplots on occasion (Susan and Mary's attempts to woo Gil for one), but they hardly pop up in later seasons,
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Due to the above-explained reason, and the borderline lack of A Day in the Limelight for supporting characters.
  • Uncanny Valley: Speed McCool and Monkey, although that's probably intentional, considering the two are based on old action cartoons.
    • The animation after Season 1 falls into this.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Probably the worst example of this would be the YouTube (or rather, "Snoobtube") episode... in 2010. In fact, looking up the website redirects the user to Coincidentally, Nick is also known for trying to be hip with the kids.
  • What an Idiot!: Johnny's idea to replace toy cereal prizes with real, lethal laser guns for kids in Johnny-O's isn't a good idea, as you could probably tell.
  • The Woobie: Dukey, who always seems to get frozen in a block of ice or turned to stone. Also, the episode "Bathtime for Johnny", where Johnny "forgot" his birthday and he sobbed his heart out for nearly the whole episode. Last but not least, most people go out of their way in the show to point out how ugly he is.


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